Jeremy and I recently mailed in applications in the hopes that we will receive some grant money for our adoption. They are both awarded around mid-December. And what a Christmas it would be if we were to receive one (or both) of them!
The first grant we applied for was through Help Us Adopt. Jeremy actually found them through a Google search. The co-founders, Becky and Kipp Fawcett are adoptive parents. They started this foundation after many unsuccessful years trying to conceive through IVF, fertility drugs, etc. which finally led them to adoption. You can read more about their story here. Help Us Adopt gives priority to couples without children. They award anywhere from $500-$15,000. Of course we would love the full amount, but we would be grateful with any money they might choose to give us.
The second grant application we sent in was to Show Hope. This was started by Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman. I’m sure many of you know that the Chapmans adopted 3 girls from China. Show Hope was created out of their desire to help other families adopt. Not only do they provide grant money, they also have programs for orphan care, and do short-term mission trips. I could go on and on about them, but instead I encourage you to visit their site so you can learn more about the awesome work of Show Hope.
There are numerous foundations/organizations that award grant money. We were discussing this over the weekend and Jeremy’s mother wasn’t aware that such existed. So I started wondering how many other people might be unaware of this fact? And if people aren’t aware that assistance is available (although not guaranteed), is that just one more factor keeping them from starting the adoption process?
Other than not being guaranteed grant money, the only downside is that you can’t apply for these grants until you have completed your home study. Which means you must have access to a pretty good chunk of cash to get started. And I totally understand these foundations not giving money until the HS is finished. But again, I wonder if that makes people scared to take a leap of faith? (like Jeremy was)
And while we are on the subject of money, I know many people are curious as to why adoption is so expensive. I listed the approximate total in this post. But I’m sure there were still several unanswered questions as to what exactly makes that figure so huge. So if you’re curious, Lifeline has a China fee sheet on their site. (Have I totally gotten carried away with the hyperlinks in this post?)
I would so love to hear from you on this topic, especially if adoption is something that’s on your heart and mind! Please leave a comment and let me know if you would be more willing/open to adoption if you thought you would receive financial assistance.
So after I posted this, Jeremy informed me that he got an email from Show Hope today stating they had received our application. Apparently we read their site wrong. They award their grants a minimum of 90 days after the application submission deadline, which for us is October 31st.